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[FM10] The Road to South Africa and Beyond...

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Inspired by the World cup, I wanted to do an International save, so I opened a save on 10.3 with the following leagues

England (Premier League only)

France (Ligue 1 only)

Spain (La Liga only)

Germany (Bundesliga only)

Italy (Serie A only)

with top division players retained from all continents making 89000 players. Exceeds my computers 'recommendations', but who cares? seems to work OK.

I looked to see which nations had no manager, and found Ecuador who had a decent squad, and a decent chance of qualification for South Africa.

This is the situation we find ourselves in

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with our remaining qualifiers:

Colombia (A)

Bolivia (A)

Uruguay (H)

Chile (A)

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Squad for Friendly at home to Paraguay on 12/8/09:

Goalkeepers:

Alexander Dominguez (LDU de Quito)

Javier Klimowicz (Emelec)

Cristian Mora (El Nacional)

Defenders:

Ivan Hurtado (Deportivo Quito)

Luis Checa (Deportivo Quito)

Neicer Reasco (FC Bayern)

Isaac Mina (Kosice)

Jairo Campos (Atletico Mineiro)

Marcelo Fleitas (FC Vaslui)

Jorge Guagua (LDU de Quito)

Ulises de la Cruz (LDU de Quito)

Midfielders:

Diego Calderon (LDU de Quito)

Segundo Castillo (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Patricio Urrutia (LDU de Quito)

Walter Ayoví (Monterrey)

Michael Quiñonez (El Nacional)

Luis Fernandez Saritama (Bayer Leverkusen)

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)

Luis Bolaños (Barcelona Sporting Club)

Cristian Lara (LDU de Quito)

Edison Mendez (LDU de Quito)

Fidel Martinez (Cruzeiro)

Strikers:

Joffre Guerrón (Cruzeiro)

Felix Alejandro Borja (Mainz)

Felipe Caicedo (Malaga)

Carlos Tenorio (Al-Nassr)

New FC Bayern signing Neicer Reasco has been chosen as Ecuador's new captain, with Union Española defender Giovanny Espinoza as vice-captain

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The home side, under new English management, started brightest in Quito, but couldn’t find a breakthrough, mainly due to a hatful of missed chances from Malaga striker Felipe Caicedo. The deadlock was broken, however, just 25 seconds after half time, when Antonio Valencia’s cross was turned home by winger Luis Bolaños. The goal forced Paraguay into the game for the first time, and they hit back when Oscar Cardozo beat debutant keeper Alexander Domínguez to the loose ball and rolled it into the net. Ecuador’s change had an immediate impact however, as Carlos Tenorio, brought on for the ineffective Caicedo, took just 8 seconds to restore Ecuador’s lead, their second goal of the game almost direct from the kick off.

MOTM: Antonio Valencia

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Ecuador squad for World Cup Qualifiers against Colombia and Bolivia

Goalkeepers:

Alexander Dominguez (LDU de Quito)

Javier Klimowicz (Emelec)

Cristian Mora (El Nacional)

Defenders:

Ivan Hurtado (Deportivo Quito)

Luis Checa (Deportivo Quito)

Neicer Reasco (FC Bayern)

Giovanny Espinoza (Union Española)

Jairo Campos (Atletico Mineiro)

Carlos Quiñónez (Olmedo)

Jorge Guagua (LDU de Quito)

Ulises de la Cruz (LDU de Quito)

Midfielders:

Diego Calderon (LDU de Quito)

Paul Ambrosi (Central)

Patricio Urrutia (LDU de Quito)

Walter Ayoví (Monterrey)

Michael Quiñonez (El Nacional)

Luis Fernandez Saritama (Bayer Leverkusen)

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)

Luis Bolaños (Barcelona Sporting Club)

Cristian Lara (LDU de Quito)

Edison Mendez (LDU de Quito)

Fidel Martinez (Cruzeiro)

Strikers:

Joffre Guerrón (Cruzeiro)

Felix Alejandro Borja (Mainz)

Felipe Caicedo (Malaga)

Christian Benitez (Birmingham City)

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Ecuador had a great chance to take the lead after only 10 minutes in Bógota, but Birmingham striker Christian Benitez blazed over when through on goal. The away side had all the early possession but it was Colombia who struck first in this clash of fierce rivals when Ecuadoran defender Jorge Campos deflected a cross into the path of Porto striker Falcao who was left with a simple finish. Ecuador levelled though when Joffre Guerrón benefitted from a brilliant advantage from the Argentinian referee after a foul on Benitez, to curl around the keeper to register his first for his country. The game swung Colombia's way after half time when the flag stayed down following a long ball by Cristian Zapata allowing Falcao his second simple finish of the game, and Colombia sealed the points when Zapata headed home a corner with 25 minutes to go. The home side were made to sweat for their points though when keeper Julian Viafara spilled a simple cross at the feet of Guerrón who tapped home a gift. Ecuador's management responded by throwing on Felipe Caicedo to make a total of 5 strikers on the pitch, but Antonio Valencia's threatening cross in stoppage time was dealt with, and Colombia held on to the points, which will completely open up the race to represent Conmebol in South Africa

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Ecuador will be disappointed to have drawn a blank in a dull game in La Paz. Chances were few and far between, but the best one fell to Cristian Lara on the edge of the box, but his shot cleared the crossbar. The referee turned down a penalty appeal from captain Neicer Reasco at the end, but it wasn't Ecuador's day, and they will now have to beat Uruguay in Quito next month to stand a chance of Qualifying.

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Ecuador squad for World Cup Qualifiers against Uruguay and Chile

Goalkeepers

Alexander Dominguez (LDU de Quito)

Javier Klimowicz (Emelec)

Manuel Mendoza (LDU de Quito)

Defenders

Luis Checa (Deportivo Quito)

Jefferson Lara (LDU de Quito)

Neicer Reasco (FC Bayern)

Giovanny Espinoza (Union Española)

Jairo Campos (Atletico Mineiro)

Carlos Quiñónez (Olmedo)

Jorge Guagua (LDU de Quito)

Ulises de la Cruz (LDU de Quito)

Midfielders:

Diego Calderon (LDU de Quito)

Paul Ambrosi (Central)

Patricio Urrutia (LDU de Quito)

Walter Ayoví (Monterrey)

Pedro Quiñonez (Emelec)

Luis Fernandez Saritama (Bayer Leverkusen)

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)

Luis Bolaños (Barcelona Sporting Club)

Jefferson Montero (Villarreal)

Edison Mendez (LDU de Quito)

Fidel Martinez (Cruzeiro)

Strikers:

Joffre Guerrón (Cruzeiro)

Carlos Tenorio (Al-Nassr)

Felipe Caicedo (Malaga)

Christian Benitez (Birmingham City)

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Uruguay confirmed at least a play off against Mexico after a 1-0 win over Ecuador in Quito. Frustratingly for Ecuador, they were probably the better side throughout, but Luis Suarez and Diego Forlan combined in the 37th minute and the Atletico Madrid striker fired home after shrugging off the attentions of Ecaudor defender Giovanny Espinoza. Ecuador's shining light was striker Carlos Tenorio, whose work down the right flank nearly forced an equaliser, but a Uruguayan defender beat Antonio Valencia to the low cross.

Ecuador will now look to the 2011 Copa America in Argentina, and the 2014 World Cup in neigbouring Brazil

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Chile showed Ecuador exactly why they are off to South Africa with a comfortable 3-1 victory in Santiago. Humberto Suazo gave Chile the lead from long range, and the home side doubled the lead when new Tottenham signing Rodrigo Tello drove in, again from long range. Chile made it 3-0 when Ecuador failed to pick up Esteban Paredes in the box. Ecuador showed what they can do in the last few minutes, first a great run from Luis Bolaños led to a foul by Gonzalo Fierro, and Joffre Guerron converted the resulting penalty. Chile substitute Alvaro Ormeña was sent off in stoppage time for a horror challenge on Antonio Valencia leaving him with a nasty looking ankle injury

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Ecuador Squad for Friendlies against British Virgin Islands and Gabon

Goalkeepers

Alexander Dominguez (LDU de Quito)

Javier Klimowicz (Emelec)

Manuel Mendoza (LDU de Quito)

Defenders

Luis Checa (Deportivo Quito)

Jefferson Lara (LDU de Quito)

Neicer Reasco (FC Bayern)

Giovanny Espinoza (Union Española)

Jairo Campos (Atletico Mineiro)

Carlos Quiñónez (Olmedo)

Jorge Guagua (LDU de Quito)

Ulises de la Cruz (LDU de Quito)

Midfielders:

Diego Calderon (LDU de Quito)

Paul Ambrosi (Central)

Patricio Urrutia (LDU de Quito)

Christian Noboa (Rubin Kazan)

Franklin Salas (LDU de Quito)

Luis Fernandez Saritama (Bayer Leverkusen)

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)

Luis Bolaños (Barcelona Sporting Club)

Jefferson Montero (Villarreal)

Segundo Castillo (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Fidel Martinez (Cruzeiro)

Strikers:

Joffre Guerrón (Cruzeiro)

Carlos Tenorio (Al-Nassr)

Felipe Caicedo (Malaga)

Christian Benitez (Birmingham City)

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An easy victory for Ecuador in Tortola. Christian Noboa was recalled to the Ecuador squad, and the Rubin Kazan midfielder opened the scoring when he headed home Antonio Valencia's free kick. Valencia himself doubled the lead just 3 minutes later before Luis Bolaños made it three. Ecuador rounded off an easy afternoon in the Carribbean when first Christian Noboa and then Jorge Guagua netted to complete a 5-0 win

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Ecuador relied on the brilliance of striker Christian Benitez whose stunning second half hattrick inspired the South American side to a comfortable victory against West african side Gabon. Benitez scored all his goals inside 30 second half minutes, and his hattrick was completed by a technically excellent volley from close range

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